WICA (FM)

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WICA
City of license Traverse City, Michigan
Branding IPR News Radio
Frequency 91.5 MHz
First air date September 13, 2000
Format Public radio; News/talk
ERP 4,000 watts
Class C3
Callsign meaning Interlochen Center for the Arts
Affiliations IPR, NPR
Owner Interlochen Center for the Arts
Website http://www.interlochen.org/ipr/

WICA (91.5 FM) is a radio station in Traverse City, Michigan. The station is owned by Interlochen Center for the Arts, and is an affiliate of the Interlochen Public Radio's "IPR News Radio" network, consisting of News/talk.

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WICA 91.5 FM began broadcasting on September 13, 2000. On a historical note, this call sign was used by a station in Northeastern Ohio until the mid seventies. At 4,000 watts, its signal does not have nearly the reach of WIAA, presumably to protect WMHW-FM in Mount Pleasant.

When WICA signed on, all NPR news and talk programming moved there from WIAA and its satellites. This left Cadillac, the second-largest city in IPR's coverage area, without a clear signal for most NPR programming. Partly to alleviate ths problem, Interlochen signed on WLMN in Manistee in August 2010. However, WLMN's signal doesn't reach Cadillac.

In the spring of 2011, a third IPR News Radio signal began operations with the sign-on of WHBP 90.1 FM in Harbor Springs, Michigan, expanding the network's reach to include the Petoskey, Charlevoix and Mackinaw City area.

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Coordinates: 44°45′22″N 85°40′42″W / 44.7561°N 85.6784°W / 44.7561; -85.6784